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New trains for main line rail routes in the Midlands

The Government has revealed it is investing more than a billion pounds in new trains for two of the main routes through the Midlands.

270 of the new 800 series train carriages have been ordered. Some of the new trains will service the East Midland Main Line which calls at Peterborough.

They will also be used on the Great Western Main Line and they will cut journey times between Worcester and London Paddington by 19 minutes.

The first batch of class 800 series trains will start running on the Great Western Main Line in 2017 and on the East Coast Main Line in 2018.

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